A few days ago, on the 31 May 2020, Mauro Icardi completed a 50 million Euro (UGX 210,886,067,550) transfer to the French capital outfit Paris Saint-Germain. Before joining PSG initially on a season-long loan, the La Masia trained striker was a darling threat on the blue & black side of the San Siro.
Icardi joined the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2013/14, and as many other footballers, he said he had had many offers but he was set on joining Inter Milan and was assigned jersey number 9. This marked the start of a liaison which went on to last for six seasons.
Mauro Icardi later became a fan favourite at Inter in that he was named captain eventually at the start of the 2015/16 season.
Icardi might have been a great talisman on-pitch but he always had collisions with the management of the club, and also the club’s ultras section of the fans. His problems started in 2016 when he said in his autobiography he had confronted a leader of the ultras after a loss to Sassuolo the previous season.
This did not go down well with all ultras groups and the biggest of them Curva Nord asked he be stripped off the club’s captaincy. Through this standoff with the ultras, Mauro Icardi was fined by the club but to the displeasure of the fans, he remained as the club’s captain. The autobiography had to also be edited.
After Mauro was fined, it looked like the controversies were over since he would pay back the club with top performance and goals which made the fans happy but it didn’t seem so.
The move to Paris Saint-Germain by Mauro Icardi was an inevitable but essential one
Icardi’s wife who also doubled as his agent, Wanda Nara always talked about interests and offers from other clubs including domestic competitors like Juventus and Napoli in times when Inter wanted a contract renewal.
However, Icardi himself always emphasized that he wanted to play for Inter forever, though his agent’s comments stated otherwise and did not go well with the management and the fans.
The final stroke to the camel’s back came in February 2019 when Nara, appearing on an Italian TV show went over and beyond by talking about what was happening in Inter’s dressing room. The management reacted by granting the Curva Nord their 2016 wish by stripping Icardi of the captaincy. He was also excluded from the team squad for the next game at a Europa League fixture against Rapid Vienna.
Icardi went on to be out of action for a month and a half, a situation the club’s official sources said it was due to injury although it was a public secret that the relationship between the two parties had soared.
Asked about her client, Nara commented that he was focused on staying with Inter Milan despite being stripped off the captaincy. This was some promising news but the ultras never wanted anything to do with Icardi anymore. He, however, returned and featured for the club till the end of the 2018/19 season but he was no longer a fan’s favourite.
In the summer of 2019, club CEO Guiseppe Marotta and Coach Antonio Conte made it clear that the Argentinian star was no longer needed at the club. The club, later on, scooped up Romelo Lukaku in a club-record fee, which started to paint a grim picture for Icardi’s future.
Lukaku was handed number 9 leaving Icardi with number 7. At this point, the Argentine was ready to jump on any ship away from the San Siro.
Having featured in 222 games and scored 124 goals, Mauro Icardi was initially shipped out on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy which PSG exercised a few days ago.
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Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.